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History Clubs

Explore opportunities in the History Department to learn about history and have fun. 

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The History Club and Phi Alpha Theta

The History Club is an informal organization open to anyone interested in history. You do not need to be a history major. All you need is a desire to share ideas and talk about issues and events of interest with those involved.

Phi Alpha Theta is the national honor and professional society for history.  You may join if you have 12 hours of history credit with a GPA of 3.1 and a 3.0 GPA overall.  Lifetime membership is $50.

Meetings are generally held twice a month and include a variety of activities including debates, movies, free food, guest speakers, quiz games, and role playing events.

The History Club and Phi Alpha Theta meet jointly and share the same officers.

For more information, please contact the faculty advisor, Jacob Melish or the Co-Presidents, Sharisse Costello or Jeremy Amdahl.

Middle Ages Society

The UNC Middle Ages Society is a student-run club dedicated to the study and appreciation of medieval history.

As re-creationists, we must see ourselves not only as observers of the past, but as the past living in the present. Let it be said then, that our club is not merely a social gathering, but a way to contribute to a community far larger than ourselves.

Disclaimer: The Middle Ages Society is NOT the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA), but rather a student college club that frequents activity within the SCA and whose members by happenstance, belong to both parties. This being said, our aspirations come from the Society for Creative Anachronism. Though these men and women may be seen in the valiant clash of arms whilst ironclad, or participating in the re-design of medieval arts, it should be noted that a majority of these people are archaeologists, historians, scientists, artists, and authors of the highest caliber in what we as a society refer to as "The Mundane World." The Middle Ages Society share these same fundamentals, and it is our chief purpose to offer a hands-on approach to these aforementioned subjects.  It's very easy to study these subjects, but even on a professional level, there are some things that simply require relative experience. The Middle Ages Society, therefore, provides not a sympathy, but an empathy for the Middle Ages that its participants may understand. It is for this reason, that whether a member's involvement is strictly martial or artistic, it is academic at the core.

The Middle Ages Society allows for "personas," and interpretations of any civilization, institution, or faction that had contact with Europe from c. 900 A.D - 1600 A.D. (The only exception would be Japan.) Together, we explore not only the arts and philosophy of these periods, but also the livelihood of the people during those times. What were the politics like? What did social strata entail?  What were the roles of individuals? What were their beliefs? etc. These are all questions that the Middle Ages Society explores in depth and that few other studies can offer perspective into. By filling in the shoes of an individual of the period, we do not role-play, but instead we create a new identity for ourselves that serves as a bridge into the past. Anachronism is something that may be seen strictly as a game or as a convention, but quite frankly it offers a great amount of intuition to anthropologists and historians. Where history is only the written record of happenings, recreation is a way of passing on traditions that can still be observed. Perhaps some of the most imperative Anachronism comes from Europe itself, which has shared with historians and anthropologists how medieval society behaved, as a source away from account. Indeed, this is not just the culture of the past, but the culture that has shaped the western world today.

We aim to make our resources available to the public, not only for participation, but for education, just as the SCA does, and to carry on the legacy that this last generation of re-creationists has arduously maintained over the last century. Our involvement with these anachronistic champions will be a form of preservation itself, in that Medieval Re-en actors have created a culture of their own in the process. It will be more than fair to say that the Middle Ages Society will do everything it can to preserve culture and academic success wherever it goes.

President: Dane Barnes, aka. Sgt. Brother Baldwin de la Berne (Kingdom of the Outland Templars)

Faculty Advisor: Jacob Melish